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Old 05-01-2013, 02:13 PM   #1
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Screen Door Latch for kids!!

I added a second lower latch to the screen door for our kids, nieces, nephews etc. the mod involved a second handle, coat hanger for now to test functionality, misc tools and 35 min of my time. the coat hanger joins the two latches together so either handle will allow the screen to be opened from ground level. Better for the young ones, than having to get up on the step, unlatch, step down to swing the screen open before going in.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:16 PM   #2
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I like it! that would also come in handy when my hands are full yet I want to get inside. I'll have to mull over this mod.
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I bought a battery powered door bell with 2 buttons and put the "back door" button at the bottom of the steps. That way I know if it is a guest calling or one of the grand kids wanting in.
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Dood,
You need to patent this.
Seriously!
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Good idea!
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Great idea - and I know you said you are using a coat hangar to join the two together for now, might I suggest using a threaded rod of the appropriate lenght with a clevis at each end to join the two together.

You would simply have to drill a hole in each latch and secure each clevis with a bolt and a self locking nut.
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Great idea - and I know you said you are using a coat hangar to join the two together for now, might I suggest using a threaded rod of the appropriate lenght with a clevis at each end to join the two together.

You would simply have to drill a hole in each latch and secure each clevis with a bolt and a self locking nut.
B, coat hangers are cheap and easily replaced.
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Excellent idea Cleon!!!
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Great idea - and I know you said you are using a coat hangar to join the two together for now, might I suggest using a threaded rod of the appropriate lenght with a clevis at each end to join the two together.

You would simply have to drill a hole in each latch and secure each clevis with a bolt and a self locking nut.
Some of you are way too clever for your own good.
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B, coat hangers are cheap and easily replaced.
True - they are cheap. But being a man of high standards and a reputation for doing things right ( at least according to Turbs) wouldn't you rather have a neat,clean and mechanically sound mechanism here on your RV?

You probably wouldn't have to replace a threaded rod and clevis ends as often as a coat rod.

I don't really care if he uses string or a coat rod - it is a good idea.
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